“Arrested Development” fans around the world
blue themselves rejoiced upon hearing the news of the cult comedy’s impending comeback as a Netflix series. But few people are happier than Ron Howard, the Oscar-winning producer and narrator behind the short-lived show. With the Mitch Hurwitz-created series officially back in production, Howard no longer has to answer the dreaded question of whether or not “Arrested” will ever come back.
“It’s great. People stopped believing me when I would say ‘I think it’s going to happen! I can’t guarantee it, but I think it’s going to happen!’ It really is a thrill,” Howard told MTV News about the “Arrested Development” revival. “I visited the set last week. It’s a blast over there. Mitch Hurwitz has such a remarkable, creative voice. It’s the perfect set of actors to bring it to life. I’m so glad it’s back. I’m a fan, too. The scripts are hilarious.”
Howard’s lips are sealed regarding the specifics of the new string of “Arrested” episodes, but he promised a healthy balance between fan service and creating brand-new pun-filled situations and characters that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Bob Loblaw and the Surrogate.
“Mitch isn’t trying to recreate something,” Howard said. “It’s been away for a while, and part of the fun that Mitch has been mining and exploiting is, what’s new to discover about these people? What’s delightfully unchanged? He and the writing staff and the actors have a fantastic sense of that. They’re pretty brazen, pretty bold and fearless. That’s what made the show into something that fans really kept alive.”
Not only is “Arrested” alive, it’s thriving. Howard promised that despite “a hell of a hiatus,” everyone involved in the project “is in great form and dying to take the characters further.”
“They’re having the greatest time getting together and getting back into it,” he said. “It’s cool and bold and funny, and out there taking chances, just like it always did.”
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